The Internet, while useful for many things, can also present many risks. It is important to know who you're dealing with and what you are getting into at all times. Hackers, cyber criminals, and internet bullies pose an imminent danger to the uninformed and unprepared. The following are just a few of the many risks prevalent on the internet today.
On Monday, April 7, a major security vulnerability named Heartbleed was revealed. This flaw is being actively exploited by attackers to gain access to critical information that is intended to be protected by OpenSSL encryption. Please see the Heartbleed FAQs for more information.
Phishing & Identity Theft
Phishing is a form of internet fraud in which an individual attempts to acquire private information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an email message. Phishing is a problem at nearly every institution and Lehigh is not immune. Read more on Phishing & Identity Theft.
Overpayment Scams & Internet Fraud
Some types of internet dangers involve attempts to steal money via fraudulent schemes. These types of schemes are often initiated via email, on messageboards, or through online sale boards such as Craigslist. One such example is the overpayment scam. Learn more about how to avoid Overpayment Scams & Internet Fraud.
A virus hoax is a message warning the computer user of a non-existent computer virus threat. The message is sometimes received in a chain email or, in more recent cases, in a pop-up window after a computer has become infected with malware, or "scareware". Read more about the various types of Virus Hoaxes and how to spot them.